Coal ash bill passes committee, moves to House

(Energy Global 06-21-2013) A bill that would cut the US Environmental Protection Agency out of regulating the disposal of coal ash has passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee and will now go to a full vote in the House of Representatives.

House Energy Committee Advances Coal Ash Bill, Hears Moniz Testimony

(POWERnews 06-20-2013) The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday advanced a set of four bills that it said would "improve" environmental regulations and increase state authority, including legislation that would task states—not the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—with the responsibility to set up coal ash disposal rules.

Revised Coal Ash Bill Gives EPA an Oversight Role

(Energy 06-11-2013) A bill to clarify the oversight of coal ash is dusting itself off now that a compromise bill has cleared a key congressional House panel. The measure would give the states control over regulating the coal combustion byproduct but would do so with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Coal Ash Bill Wins Subcommittee OK

(Electric Co-Op Today 06-10-2013) The on-again, off-again congressional action on coal ash legislation is on again. A House subcommittee voted June 6 to advance a bill that sets up a state-run program to regulate coal ash, a common byproduct of coal-based power plants. The legislation also bars the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying coal ash as a hazardous waste and subjecting it for the first time to federal standards for handling and disposing of hazardous wastes.

Coal Ash Bill Advances from House Subcommittee

(Electric Light & Power 06-10-2013) The House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy voted June 6 to approve a bill that allows states to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash, according to news reports. The bill was introduced on June 4.

Compromising With the EPA

(The Intelligencer 06-09-2013) U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who in his short time in Congress has achieved the reputation of a tireless fighter for the coal industry, appears to have accomplished something very important. If the deal he has brokered holds up, it could have enormous ramifications. McKinley, R-W.Va., tried in 2011 to get a bill on coal ash enacted.

Coal ash bill moving forward

(Parkersburg News and Sentinel 06-09-2013) A coal ash bill introduced by a West Virginia representative was reported out of a subcommittee on Thursday. The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, House Resolution 2218 introduced by U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., was passed out of a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It now goes to the full committee for consideration.

New coal-ash bill tackles EPA concerns

(Seattle Post Intelligencer 06-07-2013) For two years, one of the two professional engineers in Congress has pushed a bill to let states regulate fly ash from coal-fired power plants, a move U.S. Rep. David McKinley says would benefit coal and power companies and the construction industry he's worked in since the 1960s. Each time, the West Virginia Republican's bill clears the House, only to die in the Senate.

New Version of Coal Ash Legislation Introduced in the House

(Power Engineering 06-06-2013)   A new version of coal ash legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday sets minimum federal standards for coal residuals from coal-fired power plants, but it gives states—not the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—responsibility for crafting their own permit programs.

McKinley brings back fly ash bill

(Herald Star 06-06-2013) Rep. David B. McKinley re-introduced his bill regarding regulation of coal ash Tuesday, and he suspects the Environmental Protection Agency will support the measure as Congress considers it this time. House Resolution 2218, the "Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013," contains provisions crafted by the Senate during the last Congress.